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So lovely and special

Not exactly a hidden gen because it isn't off the beaten track but what a delight especially the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Naomiemb3
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Lancashire
Charming building

This historic building is up on the left on the hill called Boroughgate, which is the main street... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2018
james c
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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All reviews alms houses small chapel beautiful courtyard lady anne clifford little gem interesting place red door left hand side the main street worth a visit hidden away lovely place appleby castle rear corner residents founded
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

The Almshouses at the top end of Boroughgate are known as St Anne's Hospital, and were founded in the mid-1600s by the local landowner, Lady Anne Clifford. The site was purchased in 1650 and provision was made for the accommodation of 12 Sisters and a Mother.

The building consists of a quadrangle of small cottages around a pebbled courtyard with seats and a fountain, and there is a garden at the back. The two rooms on the eastern corners are larger than the others and whereas one was originally meant as a meeting hall, the other was, and still is, a chapel for weekly worship. The chapel is kept open during the week and encourages visitors. The reading desk and most of the seating are original 17th century, and on the walls can be found the Creed and the Beatitudes, as well as the Ten Commandments.

This small complex is a lovely place and one I always visit whenever we come to Appleby; and the idea that what started out as a religious retreat has since provided homes for generations of women is a splendid testament to the original benefactor.

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

We stumbled across St Anne's Hospital when wandering around the town of Appleby. What a lovely little property this is. Founded as a hospital, it has retained all its character and is now a series of really small cottages, surrounding a squared courtyard garden, each property with its distinctive pillar box red door. In the corner is the tiny chapel (again with red door) and through the courtyard to the rear of the property is a large garden/lawned area with views.

You can really imagine the frail and ill enjoying sitting out in the grounds here in bygone times.

Thank MD-FatDonkey
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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

We found this place by chance. Well worth the visit. Spoke to one of the residents who told us about the history of this hospital and the alms houses. All inside a gated courtyard which ised to be run by a matron in times gone by.

Thank stig1955
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

The inner garden is very peaceful. It's open to the public. Worth a visit as part of seeing Appleby. The properties are lived in so visitors should be mindful of this

Thank SUE H
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Just poked our noses in to have a look at the court yard of the Armshouses and a lovely lady came out to greet us and offered to show us the little chaple. She was full of knowledge about the chaple and armshouses which my wife and I found very interesting. She also gave us some useful information about Appleby and surrounding area. We put a generous donation in the box for her kindness which goes toward the upkeep of the chaple.

Thank Barry W
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